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Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Being Drafted, but not for a Second Draft

On Saturday the commission began discussing the complex task of creating maps for public review prior to each hearing.  The hope was that they could stop posting maps because “that site” would get them out to the public quicker.  By Sunday that discussion blossomed into a plan for the commission to release the data, and drafting Redistricting Partners and other third parties to create the PDFs, while the Statewide Database would host the GIS files.

So, with this plan now in place, grab your handy KML converter, Maptitude or ESRI application, and get those equivalency or shape files straight off the Statewide database at http://swdb.berkeley.edu/crc_vis/index.html.

Or you can see the maps, including the partisanship and incumbents in a file your computer can actually open at http://redistrictingpartners.com/third-round-visualizations/

However you find these maps, make sure not to call them a second draft!  The maps reflect all the commission changes requested for the second draft, but without that tricky super majority vote.   So, until the final drafts these visualizations will be all we get.

What does this mean for the commission’s ability to get the entire final draft done in two weeks?  That’s the hot topic everyone is blogging about…


Gays gaining ground in state political district boundary talks
Mercury News
"There are striking differences between the areas that voted, for example, in favor of Proposition 8 (the ban on same-sex marriage) and those who voted against it," said Paul Mitchell, founder of Redistricting Partners.

Map Commission Meltdown?
Is the much-touted citizens redistricting commission imploding? Quite possibly, at least according to veteran commentators Tony Quinn and Dan Walters.

Dan Walters: California redistricting panel may be failing
The Sacramento Bee
It's the obvious question – albeit one still without an answer – because the new Citizens Redistricting Commission has decided to skip publication of a second draft of redistricting maps and, in effect, take the process behind semi-closed doors as it nears a deadline for final maps.

Redistricting Commission halts second draft release
Pasadena Star-News
Instead, beginning today, they will be posting visualizations on the Commission website and make files available so the public can follow live streamed meetings and offer input in real time.

Citizens Redistricting Commission wants more public input
Central Valley Business Times
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is calling on Californians to participate in its next steps in drawing final Congressional, Legislative and Board of Equalization Districts.

Will Flawed Ballot Measures Result In a Flawed Redistricting Process?
Everyone wants to love the CCRC.  California’s brand spanking new Citizen Redistricting Commission released first draft maps June 10 to fanfare, PR flack and glowing press.  A few weeks later, the Commission has canceled its second draft, has “gone dark” in the words of one critic and seems on the verge of collapse.  What just happened?

Redistricting panel cancels second draft of legislative maps
Los Angeles Times
"The process is not transparent at all right now,'' said Tony Quinn, who was an advisor to Republicans in past redistricting efforts. "The public can't provide input if it doesn't see the maps."

Simi, Moorpark rip redistricting commission decision
Ventura County Star
Simi Valley and Moorpark officials Tuesday criticized the California Citizens Redistricting Commission for deciding not to release a second draft of proposed redrawn political district maps this week.

Little Saigon Might Be Lumped With, Dominated By Long Beach In New Congressional Redistricting Plan
OC Weekly
In the ongoing struggle over which congressional district to put Little Saigon in, the latest proposal may end up lumping it in with Long Beach.

Redistricting: Who Is Redrawing the Lines?
Alameda Patch
Five of them are Democrats. Five of them are Republicans. And four of them belong to other political parties or "decline to state" their party registration.

Our View: Citizens commission needs to listen up
Pasadena Star-News
When a government body asks the public for input, and gets it, and then broadcasts the fact that it will be responding to that input before making a final decision - but then cancels the response - well, something has gone very wrong.

State redistricting commission not releasing second draft maps
Santa Maria Times
While many voter’s rights and activist groups around the state decried the California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s decision to forgo release of a second set of draft maps this week, one local group is pleased with the work of the panel.

Redistricting could send Thompson into East Bay
Napa Valley Register
Saying they will need more time to sort through the deluge of public input, the independent commission charged with drawing the state’s new political boundaries has canceled plans to release a second set of draft maps later this week.


Sacramento City Council to study 4 redistricting proposals
The Sacramento Bee
The task of carving up the city of Sacramento into eight new council districts is now in the hands of the City Council.

Supervisor John Tavaglione proposes alternative redistricting
To avoid splitting up three Riverside communities, Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione Tuesday introduced an alternative redistricting plan that departs from two previous proposals that have been criticized as unfair to residents.

Supervisorial remap effort stirs discord
The Sacramento Bee
El Dorado County supervisors picked a map in June to form the basis of new supervisorial districts, but that decision has a hazy future.

Contra Costa supervisors delay redistricting decision
Mercury News
Lacking the necessary three votes to make a choice, Contra Costa County's five supervisors Tuesday postponed a decision about where to draw their new district lines.

Butte close to new supervisor districts
Oroville MR
While it isn't exactly a done deal, it appears Butte County is two weeks and one vote from having a new plan for the five supervisorial districts.

Board approves status quo county map
Santa Maria Times
Over objections from North County members, the political status quo prevailed Tuesday as a split Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors plunged ahead with a preliminary redistricting map that divides Lompoc and Santa Maria, but otherwise keeps existing district lines largely intact.

Taking the politics out of redistricting
Sacramento Press
When the Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Redistricting handed over its final recommendations to the City Council on Tuesday, the real work began on shaping the city for the next 10 years.

Vallejo, Benicia supervisors oppose redistricting proposal
Solano County supervisors representing Vallejo and Benicia say that while they both voted against a new redistricting plan, they are generally satisfied with their new representative boundaries.

Protect Lompoc in redistricting
With the release last week of 16 proposed redistricting maps for county supervisor districts — all prepared by county residents and interest groups — the city of Lompoc now has a chance to be a significant part of one supervisor’s distract.

Monterey County, city of Salinas set redistricting meetings
The city of Salinas Redistricting Committee will hold its first organizing meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall and the public is invited to attend and provide input, officials said.

Review of ACLU map delays county redistricting vote
North County Times
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors won rare praise from its critics on Tuesday when it delayed a vote on a county redistricting map it favors to give county staff more time to review an opposing plan.

From The Twitterverse

@CityofDowney: Your Voice Makes a Difference! L.A. County to Hold Public Hearings Regarding Proposed Redistricting Options on... http://fb.me/16JqQJvks

@danvillebuzz: Is redistricting a failure to communicate?: Dear Editor, Why are Contra Costa County supervisors having such... http://dlvr.it/b2dLY

@danapointnews: Legislator to speak about redistricting plan for Dana Point http://bit.ly/qpaQAK

@Ryanexpress77: @TheTonyLee @johngizzi did a story month earlier on how the top Republican candidate would do better in 2012 after redistricting on CD36.

@Ryanexpress77: @TheTonyLee Huey pulled with in 10 pts in a 2-1 Dem district. After new redistricting, area will be more balanced, Huey will do better in 12

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